Governments Going Off the Grid

Recent developments in electrical energy generation are seemingly making power companies obsolete. After all, why pay someone to do what you can do all by yourself? As such, many are opting to connect their own energy system completely off the electrical grid. However, can this last? Obviously, no government in the world is going to like this because it is losing power over its own economy. It will no longer have access to a power grid that can systematically shut down the power for an entire region of the country because all the power systems will be individually operated. Will this pose problems? It would seem that it already has.

For starters, governments are becoming increasingly more involved in environmentally-friendly electrical power distribution. For example, Green Rock Energy Ltd, in September of 2010, received $7,000,000.00 in federal funding for a geothermal test well. Also, the Australian government, in November of the same year, invested $21,600,000.00 in 14 solar energy projects. While the reasoning behind many of these budgets is to provide for a cleaner and more sustainable energy source, one cannot help but wonder if there is more at stake here. What is being hidden behind the door?

It’s not just happening in Australia, either. For the 2011 fiscal year, a $28,400,000,000.00 request for the U.S. Department of Energy was made with $2,360,000,000.00 being allocated to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Clearly, governments must be recognizing the importance of energy distribution.

However, there is a side to this that is purely based on need. We all need energy and our current methods of producing it are running out. One of the benefits in funding solar energy is that, if harnessed correctly, it could provide a method of producing this much-needed energy that does not run out. There is no denying that research in sustainable and renewable energy sources is invaluable. This may be the fact that governments are recognizing. The fact that if we don’t change the way we do things, there will be nothing left. Without alternate forms of power generation, we’ll eventually run out of power. This may be what governments fear the most: running out of energy. Without energy, we will be unable to keep up with the rest of the world. Our military would be useless without the energy to power it. On this level then, it would make sense to find sources of energy that we can’t run out of.